Fitness Fridays: Kettlebells

by lydia on October 8, 2010

This past spring I picked up an 10 pound kettle bell and started to incorporate it into my exercise regime. I instantly fell in love with this fabulous piece of equipment. I am by no means a kettle bell expert, but have seen some great results already with their use, and want to share my enthusiasm for this particular workout method. (*Note – start with more weight than I did, you will quickly outgrow 10 pounds, I recommend starting with 20 lbs)


So, what on earth is a kettlebell? The kettlebell is a cast iron weight looking somewhat like a cannonball with a handle, used to perform ballistic exercises which combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. Unlike traditional dumbbells, the kettlebell’s center of mass is extended beyond the hand, similar to a Clubbell. This allows for a wide variety of ballistic and swinging movements.By their nature, kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders, and increase grip strength. The basic movements, such as the swing, snatch, and the clean and jerk, engage the entire body at once, and in a way that mimics real world activities such as shoveling or farm work. (source)

I love using kettle bells because they are fun and really work your whole core. I find that when I am doing kettle bell exercises I can really focus on the movements and enjoy doing dreadful exercises such as squats this way.  I really like that I can do squats with some added weight and be working my core and arm strength at the same time. Here’s a few awesome videos from some experts on how to use kettle bells.

What kettlebell exercises do you enjoy doing? And what results have you experienced from using kettlebells?

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